The producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson in the now-infamous fracas that led to the presenter’s expulsion from ‘Top Gear’ is suing the BBC and Clarkson himself for more than £100,000 for racial discrimination and personal injury.

Lawyers for Oisin Tymon, the 36 year old Irish producer punched by Clarkson during the incident, attended the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday (November 13th) in a preliminary hearing alongside legal representatives for the network. Clarkson, who is setting up his own motoring show with former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, was not required to attend.

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Neither tribunal officials nor Tymon’s solicitors, Slater & Gordon, commented on what happened at the brief hearing. A BBC spokesman did provide a brief statement, saying: “We will be responding to this claim but will not be commenting further at this time.”

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During the violent incident, which saw Clarkson subject Tymon to a barrage of abuse that turned violent when he was not provided with a hot meal at the end of a day of filming at a North Yorkshire hotel back in March, the presenter is alleged to have called Tymon a “lazy Irish ****” and split the producer’s lip with a punch, according to the Daily Mirror.

In the aftermath of the attack and Clarkson’s suspension, which saw the producer received death threats from fans of the motoring show, Tymon had initially said that he did not want to press charges.

A report commissioned by the BBC and headed by BBC Scotland boss Ken McQuarrie found that Clarkson had delivered an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on Tymon. Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, said he subjected an “innocent party [to] a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature.”

If Tymon and the BBC cannot resolve their grievance outside of this legal process, then the next step will be a full employment tribunal, which would likely come in the new year.

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